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Harrisonburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

What to Expect During an Emergency Dental Visit

August 9, 2022

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woman experiencing dental emergency in Harrisonburg

No matter how many precautions you take, a dental emergency in Harrisonburg can happen when you least expect it to. Whether you’re dealing with a painful toothache or a knocked-out tooth, you’re going to want to seek treatment right away to relieve your discomfort. Of course, the first thing you should do in any of these urgent situations is to contact your emergency dentist. They’ll work quickly to get you seen as soon as possible. Here’s what you can expect during your emergency dental visit.

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How Far Has Cosmetic Dentistry Come Over Time?

August 3, 2022

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Historical dentistry

Going back many decades, going to the dentist was primarily focused on addressing oral health issues and getting essential care. While this is still the number one priority of dentists today, elective procedures are becoming increasingly popular. However, cosmetic dentistry isn’t new. It goes back thousands of years. Read on to learn more about the history of cosmetic dentistry and how it became what it is today.

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5 Steps for Responding to a Knocked-Out Tooth

July 20, 2022

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Man with a knocked-out tooth

When you experience a knocked-out tooth, you really shouldn’t panic. After all, it’s possible to treat and restore your smile! You’ll just need to visit an emergency dentist for help. However, you’ll have to follow the proper steps for your situation first. If you don’t, treatment might not go as smoothly as it would otherwise. Luckily, your Harrisonburg dental practice knows what to do. Read on to learn five steps to take for fixing your knocked-out tooth.

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4 Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist

July 13, 2022

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A dentist performing a checkup

Often enough, it’s easy to act passively during dentist appointments. Rather than learn about your oral health, you might want to zone out and let your dentist do all the work. After all, they know more about healthy teeth and gums than you do, right? However, this attitude would likely lower the quality of your checkup. Dentists might not give you the care you need unless you address your questions and concerns. Luckily, your Harrisonburg practice can keep that from happening. Read on to learn four questions to ask during your next dental exam.

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4 Complications from Wearing Ill-Fitting Dentures

June 15, 2022

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Man holding his dentures.

Of the estimated 35 million Americans that are missing all of their teeth, around 90% of them turn towards dentures as a solution for replacing their lost pearly whites. And dentures have a lot to offer; they won’t just restore the beauty of your smile, but they’ll also allow you to eat, speak, and smile normally once more. That said, your dentures can only function properly if they fit properly! Ill-fitting dentures can be quite problematic and lead to a slew of different oral health problems. Keep reading to learn more about four of these complications.

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Dentures vs. Implants: Which Is Best for Preventing Bone Loss?

June 1, 2022

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Patient holding a model of dental implants.

It’s estimated that nearly 70% of US adults between the ages of 35 to 44 are missing at least one of their teeth! That said, missing teeth is a serious problem and certainly not something you should just brush off; but what should you do if you find yourself with missing teeth? There are many different treatment options, including things like dentures and dental implants. But can these options also ensure the preservation of your jawbone? Keep reading to learn more about dentures and dental implants, and why the latter can even help to prevent bone loss.

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Do Digital Impressions Really Make Restorations Fit Better?

May 31, 2022

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person learning about digital impressions from dentist

After living with an excruciating toothache or suffering a blow to the mouth, you’re more than ready to get rid of the decay and have your tooth back. After getting a procedure like a root canal to repair your smile, your dentist will have you fitted for a custom crown or other restoration to protect the tooth and complete your smile. Though traditional impressions can be used to do this, they aren’t the only option. Read on to learn how digital impressions can result in a better-fitting dental restoration.

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Stages of Oral Cancer, Prevention, and Treatment

May 16, 2022

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patient speaking to dentist after oral cancer screening

In the United States, 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Your dentist performs an oral cancer screening at your biannual dental visits to keep an eye out for symptoms so they can administer prompt care. To learn more about this condition, read on for information on the different stages, what you can do to lessen your chances of developing it, and how to treat it.

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How Old is Too Old for Cosmetic Dentistry?

April 8, 2022

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Older couple with white smiles

Think you’re “too old” to achieve the smile of your dreams? Think again! Whether you’re interested in straightening your teeth or brightening your smile, your age shouldn’t stop you from visiting your cosmetic dentist. In fact, there are several smile-enhancing treatments that are ideal whether you’re 35, 55, or 75. To learn what they are, read on!

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The History & Evolution of Teeth Whitening

April 6, 2022

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Interior of antique dentist's office

You might be surprised to learn that teeth whitening has been around for thousands of years. After all, people today tend to associate it with Hollywood stars, models, and anyone else seeking a photogenic smile. It’s enough to think that earlier ages would’ve been too focused on survival to care about the issue.

Still, the pursuit of a gleaming smile is as old as humanity. To prove it, here’s a brief history of teeth whitening that spans the practice’s origins up to its present techniques.

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